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Honoring African American and Hispanic Men and Boys

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 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Hosts Black History Month Event

Panelists and guest speakers: From Left to Right: Jermaine Myrie, Urban Scouts; Emmanuel Allen, Boston Private Industry Council; Eric Schultz, CEO and President of Harvard Pilgrim; Walter McCarty, former Boston Celtics; Michael Sumrell, student at Bentley University; Mary Grimes-Finley, Harvard Pilgrim; Will Morales, YMCA Achievers; and Janelle Woods-McNish, Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. Front: Maxwell, who read an inspiring poem at the event.

On Saturday, February 23rd, Harvard Pilgrim and the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation held a special celebration to honor African American and Hispanic men and boys in Boston who are achieving success despite seemingly impossible obstacles. The event coincides with Black History Month and is part of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Inclusion Initiative and took place at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club (15 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA).

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is committed to working with local leaders and organizations to improve the quality of life for all community members.

Giving back: Harvard Pilgrim employee Oscar Cabrera reads a poem to the crowd at “A Celebration of Black and Brown Boys,”.

The evening featured leaders from the Boston community who discussed their personal stories of setbacks and success; a proclamation from City Councilor Charles Yancey; and resources to help local men and boys achieve great success.

At the conclusion of the celebration a call to action was made to make small but impactful acts to help support black and brown boys in their own community. One way that was suggested by several participants was by becoming a mentor.

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